the legend of golden balls
How David Beckham Became Football’s First Truly Global Brand
Though many players of the nineties and noughties were at least as iconic as Beckham, and some more talented, ‘Golden Balls’ broke the corporate mould like no other. Here’s how he ceased to be a footballer and became a brand instead.
Why Are People So Obsessed With New Soccer Kits?
Despite the fact that kit launches are little more than PR stunts and the strips themselves are increasingly generic, the circus which surrounds the arrival of new kits still thrives. Why are we still interested?
the transfer window
The Semi-Definitive Guide To Transfer Window Cliches
From ‘swoops’ and ‘raids’ to summer war chests, here’s a concise summary of all the bollocks football fans will have to hear this transfer window.
top flight tinnies
When Manchester United and Liverpool Launched Their Own Lagers, and Failed
While it may seem implausible now, some of the biggest clubs in England once attempted to brand their own tinnies. Accused of encouraging hooliganism and drunkenness, they were forced to back down.
Searching For The Caribbean Soul Of English Football
Over the past half a century in particular, the cultural exchange between England and the Caribbean has been enormous. Nowhere is that statement more true than on the football pitch, and in England’s professional leagues.
5 Years and An Eredivisie Title Later, Liverpool Fans Still Love Dirk Kuyt
Despite a fairly average goal tally and only one major trophy in six years of service, Dirk Kuyt is a character who resonates with Liverpool fans and, vice versa, seems to appreciate the Scouse way of life.
somaliland national team
The Somaliland National Soccer Team Needs Recognition More Than Acclaim
In representing a country that remains unrecognized by the international community, the Somaliland national team are making a statement both on and off the pitch.
antisemitism in english football
Trying To Get Our Heads Around Mark Bosnich’s Nazi Salute At White Hart Lane
While most people remember Bosnich as the cherubic goalkeeper with the stonking cocaine habit, his most controversial moment in football is often overlooked or ignored.
north london non-league gems
Introducing Enfield Town, England’s First Fully Fan-Owned Club
In between the footballing titans that are Arsenal and Tottenham, there is a lesser-known North London club which better appreciates the value of its supporters. In fact, they own the place.
The Roy Keane Conundrum: Fragile Masculinity and Selective Nostalgia
Given the dominance of the Manchester United side he captained, it is easy to conflate Roy Keane's aggression with his ability to motivate. But this does not mean that his brand of ultra-masculine football would work in 2017.
in conversation with tony fernandes
Tony Fernandes on Football Fandom and Attempting To Build The New QPR
Despite QPR’s up and down showings under his tenure, Tony Fernandes is one of the more popular owners in English football. We spoke to him about the mistakes of the past and his new vision for the club.
the North South divide
How London's Economic Dominance is Strangling Soccer in the North-East
London's status as the centre of finance, culture and politics affects every other part of Britain, but nowhere more than the north-east. This is reflected in the region's football clubs, which are struggling to compete with their southern rivals.